One month late, but, better late than never…..November Hostess Club cards:
For November I decided to focus on a couple of different stamp offerings and techniques. I used the large single star, (which is fabulous if you haven’t noticed!), the Santa from our Best of Christmas set and the deer from our Remembering Christmas stamp set in the Holiday catalog.
Card number one:My thought was to do an old fashioned card. Using the doily reminded me of some old cards that I have received in the past. You really can not tell from the photo, but, I “dirtied” up all of the elements to make them look aged. My stampers laughed when I used that term but with crumb cake ink and a sponge they all “dirtied” up their cards! Santa is stamped with stazOn on our watercolor paper and colored in using an aqua painter. His beard looks whiter because we “dirtied” up all around him with the aqua painter and crumb cake ink. The HoHoHo is stamped on Naturals Ivory which adds to that vintage look. The Santa circle has our Baked Brown Sugar ribbon around it.
Card number two:With this card we did the “kissing” technique. Which means you ink up two different stamps with different colors and you “kiss” the two stamps together and then stamp onto cardstock. In this case, we inked up the large star with VersaMark and the french script with night of navy ink. “Kissed” them together and stamped the star onto whisper white cardstock. Next step was to cover the star with clear embossing powder and heat. After that we brayered over the entire image with soft sky ink. Remember when you brayer over an embossed image, wipe off the embossed areas afterwards. The ink will not be absorbed in those areas and just gets on your hands! We finished off the star with our dazzling details to give the center and the radiating lines coming out of the center a little sparkle.
I wanted this card to be used as a “I’m thinking of you card”. The inside has the verse: Heaven knows you’re special. (I know it too.). I love that verse from our stamp set Blessings from Heaven, on page 76 of our large catalog.
Card number 3:I was really excited about this card! See the texture lines on the deer? Well, I had some of that great birch bark paper from the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit in our Holiday catalog. I wanted to make a “man” Christmas card and since my men around here are all hunters it was a no brainer for me to grab that deer stamp.
I used our “green glue” to adhere the birch bark paper to black cardstock. That gave it more body to work with. I inked up the deer stamp with StazOn and stamped onto the textured birch bark paper then stamped onto whisper white cardstock. The birch bark took off the ink from the stamp on it’s high points which left that cool lined print on the stamp itself. We then cut out the deer from the whisper white cardstock and again used the “green glue” to adhere it over the image stamped on the birch bark.
So, this was sort of a “kissing” technique using a textured paper instead of another stamp.
Here are the cards that club Members will be doing this month:
For December I of course wanted to focus on Christmas cards. Many of my stampers have purchased the Designer Series Paper Stacks from the Holiday catalog. So, I wanted to incorporate that paper into each of these cards. Here goes…..
Very simple card with some bling, using punched out stars using all three colors of our glimmer paper. Noel is stamped using the stamp set Morning Post Alphabet from our large catalog on page 131. I did use dimensionals on every other star and the banner to make them pop and give the card front a little more interest.
Card number two:Ok, I know that these elf shoes have been around for awhile, but, they are just too darn cute! To update them a bit I used some of our red glimmer paper as accents and some candy dots on each shoe for buttons. The thing that makes this card a little different is that on the white background we double embossed it using our fancy stripes folder from the Holiday catalog. You run the card stock through the big shot in the fancy stripes folder, then move the embossed image to the center of the flat areas inside of the folder and run it through again. It gives it an interesting stripe effect.
Card number three:I didn’t take a picture of the inside of this card, but, it’s a gift card holder. We stamped our little reindeer three times with StazOne. Once on the card front, once on soft suede cardstock and once on whisper white cardstock. We cut out the soft suede deer, (I did not cut out his little hooves because I wanted it to look like he was wearing white boots), then adhered him to the front of the card. For the stamped image on the whisper white cardstock, we colored in the stripes of the scarf and the zigzag on the sweater with markers. Cut out the sweater and scarf as one unit and adhere to our little soft suede reindeer. I had my grandsons in mind for this card so I wanted to add one of our wooden buttons to “boy it up” instead of using something with more bling. We did use our cherry cobbler dazzling details for his little nose. I also used an aqua painter to add a little red on his cheek.
Well, hope you enjoyed these cards. Contact me if you would like to join a Hostess Club. I am planning on starting up another group in January. We make fun and fabulous cards and you get to benefit from our great Hostess program.